The Wireless, Networked LED Goes Standard

March 30, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Smart, networked lighting may the next big market for building energy efficiency and automation technology. But the market is a battleground of proprietary tech: different networks, linking up different lighting systems, in a landscape that leaves little room for future mix-and-match interoperability.[read more]

Shedding Light on the Types of Bulbs

February 25, 2013 by Sarah Battaglia

With so many different types of light bulbs on the market today, it may get confusing when trying to pick out the right one. Incandescent, halogen, CFLs, LEDs- there’s so many options![read more]

If half of U.S. consumers don't know what a 'smart meter' is, how are they supposed to engage?

October 30, 2012 by Jim Pierobon

Credit: PriceWaterhouseCoopers

That is perhaps the most interesting question raised by the latest “Consumer Pulse” research by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative.In its third survey by the Collaborative of at least 1,000 consumers throughout the U.S. since 2011 reflecting the U.S. demographics, 54% of Americans who are heads of households and at least 18 years old...[read more]

How Wireless Charging Could Speed Up The Electric Car Market

August 13, 2012 by Joseph Romm

San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc. recently announced that it has partnered with the automaker Renault for a field trial of its new wireless electric vehicle charging system later this year in London.According to Forbes:“The California-based company signed a memorandum of understanding with Renault to work on the field trial and to figure out...[read more]

Will Wireless Vehicle Charging Become Like EZPass?

November 17, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

Image via Wikipedia A rather poor diagram of inductive charging. Qualcomm, long a leader in the wireless and mobile space, is expanding into in the electric vehicle (EV) charging market with its acquisition last week of HaloIPT. The acquisition, reportedly $70 million, has some in the EV charging space scratching their heads. Not...[read more]

Wireless charging standard a great boost, but is it good or bad for overall power consumption?

September 20, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

My Clean Break column today looks at wireless power transfer and charging, and how a newly created standard called Qi could dramatically boost the use of such technologies over the coming few years. Already major device makers like Research In Motion, Samsung, Sanyo and Nokia are behind it. If Apple, Intel and a few others jump aboard...[read more]